Miami Hit & Run Accident Attorneys
Representing Victims of Hit & Runs in South Florida
In Florida, anyone who is involved in a car accident is legally required to stop at the scene, provide identification, and offer reasonable aid to anyone else who appears injured. Failure to do these things constitutes a “hit-and-run,” which is punishable by jail or prison time, as well as steep fines and other criminal penalties.
Despite these laws, many people flee the scene of an accident, whether out of fear, panic, or because they are intoxicated. This leaves injured victims with few options when it comes to recovering compensation for their damages in the wake of the crash.
At Amanda Demanda Law Group, we represent victims of serious hit-and-run accidents in Miami and throughout South Florida. Our attorneys understand the challenges you are facing, and they know how to help you navigate the legal system. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have several options when it comes to pursuing compensation.
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What to Do After a Hit & Run Accident
If you were the victim of a hit-and-run, meaning the other driver involved in the crash didn’t stop, you may be feeling confused about what to do next. First, if you have not received medical attention, do so right away. Even if you feel that your injuries are not that serious, it is important that you see a medical professional who can rule out underlying injuries and provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Next, if possible, you should try to do the following:
- Immediately write down everything you can remember about the accident, the other driver, and the vehicle involved. Make a note of how the crash happened, what the other driver looked like, and the make, model, and color of their vehicle. If you were able to remember part or all of their license plate, write this down right away.
- Contact the police and make an official report. You are required by law to “immediately” report any accident resulting in bodily injury, death, or property damage over $500, as well as any collision involving a hit-and-run or intoxicated driver. When making your report, provide law enforcement with any details you have about the accident and the hit-and-run driver.
- Preserve any evidence from the crash, including damage to your vehicle. If you must have your vehicle repaired right away, make sure to take detailed pictures of the damage. You should also request and hang onto copies of your medical records, including all follow-up care, and the official police report.
- Avoid speaking to insurance adjusters, as they often use misleading language to try to get you to accept a low settlement or admit partial blame. You should never accept the insurance company’s first offer, as they are likely offering you far less than you really are owed. Do not sign anything or accept a settlement until you have spoken to an attorney.
- Contact a lawyer who has experience handling hit-and-run claims as soon as possible. At Amanda Demanda Law Group, we have helped numerous victims of hit-and-run accidents successfully fight for the fair compensation they were owed, and we have the resources to assist you with your claim, as well.
Our firm is here to protect your rights, including your right to fair compensation. Hit-and-run accident cases are generally more complex than standard motor vehicle accident claims, so it is important that you work with a legal team like ours that has the knowledge and experience to effectively advocate for you.
Contact Our Hit & Run Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
In Florida, you only have four years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit—but the amount of time you have to file an insurance claim is likely much shorter. We strongly recommend that you contact an attorney, like ours at Amanda Demanda Law Group, as soon as possible to get the help you need.
Get started with a free consultation today; call (305) 998-6953 or submit a secure contact form here on our website.
How to Recover Compensation After a Hit & Run Accident
If you were involved in an accident with someone who fled the scene, you may have several options when it comes to recovering compensation for your accident-related injuries and damages.
These options include:
- Filing a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Claim: All motorists in Florida must carry personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage. Also known as “no-fault” insurance, PIP covers certain eligible damages after any type of car accident, regardless of who was at fault. This means that you can file a PIP claim after a hit-and-run accident and receive some compensation for your losses, including up to 80% of your medical expenses and up to 60% of your lost wages.
- Filing an Uninsured Motorist (UM) Claim: UM insurance is a voluntary form of coverage that protects you in the event you are injured by someone who does not have liability insurance. If you have UM coverage, you can file a claim after a hit-and-run and receive compensation for covered losses, including medical expenses and other eligible out-of-pocket expenses. However, if you waived UM coverage in writing, this is not an option.
- Filing a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit: If the police can identify and locate the hit-and-run driver, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against their insurance provider. If the hit-and-run does not have insurance or does not have sufficient coverage, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. You will need to prove that you suffered a “serious injury,” as defined by the state, to be eligible to take legal action.
Our Miami hit-and-run attorneys can sit down with you and go over your options. Every case is different, which is why we take the time to review the unique factors involved in your particular situation and develop innovative strategies based on the circumstances of your case.
We provide free initial consultations and offer all our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe any upfront costs when you hire our firm. Instead, you only pay attorney fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.